International Admission FAQ's
How do I apply?
What should I major in?
See what Undergraduate Majors and Graduate Majors FDU offers.
To learn more about your desired major, search for your major and/or academic department in the search bar at the top of any page.
Certain majors are not available to F-1 students and/or are not available on both New Jersey campuses. Please review the lists carefully and note the exceptions.
If I am an American citizen living and studying outside of the US, how do I apply to FDU?
American citizens, regardless of where they live, must submit their application through fdu.edu/apply. The Office of International Admissions will still review your file, but your application form will be processed by FDU's Central Admissions.
Is the Office of International Admissions different for each campus (Metropolitan and Florham)?
Admissions for both the Metropolitan and Florham campuses are processed by the Office of International Admissions on the Metropolitan campus.
Can I also apply for FDU Vancouver?
Yes. FDU Vancouver, located in Vancouver, Canada, is separate from the Metropolitan and Florham campuses. To apply to FDU Vancouver, visit FDU Vancouver Admissions.
When should I apply?
Applications are accepted up to one year prior to the intended first semester. If your degree is in progress, you may still apply.
Admission will be contingent upon receiving your final year grades. You will not be permitted to register for your first semester until your final grades and official transcript are received.
All financial documents (bank statement, affidavit of support) are required for all F-1 and J-1 students and must be dated within six months of the intended first semester.
Apply early! It increases your chance of admission to our more competitive programs and obtaining on-campus housing, if desired.
What scholarships do you offer? How do I apply?
Read about FDU's scholarships.
The deadline to apply for a scholarship is the same as the regular application deadlines. Scholarships are available for both fall and spring semester admission.
The exception to the above is the Presidential Scholarship. To be considered for this scholarship, note the following:
- The application deadline is January 15 for the fall semester.
- The scholarship is only available for fall semester admission.
- A Presidential Scholarship Application Form is required.
- Submission of an essay is required.
Do I have to take an English proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS)? Can I be waived out?
Please read about our English Proficiency Requirements.
Does FDU offer Conditional Admission?
Yes. Academically qualified applicants who do not meet our English Proficiency Requirements may be conditionally admitted to FDU by enrolling through the ELS Center located on the Metropolitan Campus.
Additionally, students who do not meet the minimum English proficiency requirement for direct admission may choose from a variety of pathway programs offered by FDU.
Is the SAT or ACT required?
Is the GRE or GMAT required?
Many graduate programs require a GRE or GMAT. Visit our Graduate page and search for your desired major's department website for more information.
Can I receive transfer credit for AP, IB, or GCE A-Level results or from another university?
Yes! Learn more on our Transfer Credit Evaluation.
Does FDU require original documents? I only have one copy of my transcript/diploma, do I have to send it in?
Documents and test scores must be uploaded through our online application and/or mailed to our office.
FDU reserves the right to request submission of official documents via post as necessary.
Admitted students who plan to attend FDU must submit official test scores directly to FDU from the testing agency and send official academic records in sealed envelopes before arrival on campus. Students will not be allowed to register for classes until official documents have been received.
If you only have one copy of your transcript, do NOT mail it to us; bring the documents in person before the semester starts (we will make photocopies and return the originals to you).
All documents mailed to FDU become the property of FDU and cannot be returned.
Score reports must be sent directly from the testing center(s) to our office. Learn more about testing codes and score reporting.
I have a three-year bachelor's degree. Can I apply for admission to a Graduate/Master's program?
A minimum of four years of undergraduate study (or its equivalent) is required for admission to any FDU graduate program.
Students with less than four years of undergraduate study must complete a post-graduate diploma or one year of a Master's in their home country to qualify for direct admission.
Students with a three-year Bachelor's degree who are interested in the MBA, MS in Computer Science, or MS in Management Information Systems program can apply for our three-year Bridge Program.
When are the application deadlines?
Certain deadlines may vary according to program. Please check your desired major's department website for more details.
Undergraduate and Graduate applicants who require a new student visa (F-1 or J-1):
- July 1 for the Fall semester (Begins in August.)
- January 15 for Presidential Scholarship consideration for the Fall semester
- December 1 for the Spring semester (Begins in January)
- May 1 for the Summer Sessions (Courses begin in May/June with limited course availability)
Applicants who do not require a new student visa (e.g., Transfer F-1 students, Americans Abroad, H4-visa holders, etc.):
- August 1 for the Fall Semester (begins in August)
- January 1 for the Spring Semester (begins in January)
- May 1 for the Summer Sessions (Courses begin May/June with limited course availabilty)
When will I receive an admissions decision?
It typically takes three-to-four weeks to process a completed application. An application is considered complete when all required documents have been received by our office.
What happens after I'm admitted?
You must submit a Matriculation Form and $200 tuition deposit by the reply date specified in your letter of admission. This $200 deposit goes towards your first semester tuition and is not an added charge. If for some reason you are denied a student visa for FDU, your $200 will be refunded. Requests for refunds must be made prior to the start of the semester. Requests received after the start of the semester will be refunded in accordance with the University refund policy.
Students who would like to live on campus must submit an additional $350 housing deposit and a room reservation form.
More information can be found on Admitted Students.
Is housing on-campus guaranteed?
Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis to admitted students. A $550 deposit (for $200 tuition plus $350 housing), Matriculation Form, and housing application must be submitted by the date indicated on your admission letter.
How do I get an F-1 visa? What is an I-20?
After you have been admitted and we have received your financial documents, we will issue you an I-20, a document that contains your SEVIS number and allows you to apply for an F-1 student visa. After you receive your I-20, you must contact an American Embassy or Consulate and schedule a visa appointment.
Learn more about about Obtaining a Student Visa.
I entered the United States on a tourist/B visa. Do I have to return home to apply for a student visa? Can't I change my status while I'm in the U.S.?
It is extremely difficult to change from a tourist/B visa to student/F visa while you are in the U.S. We advise students on a tourist/B visa to return home and apply for a student visa there.